130 YEARS AGO
From "Coon Forks" by R.D. Dodge: "One night last week some persons in search of innocent ‘amusement’ burnt wood and oil at No. 2 and played –! Such things have happened at other school houses. On one such occasion they darkened one of the windows by putting the black board before it. One day last week in search of a man we walked into a room where a half dozen men were playing cards. We did not linger. We knew most of them and think that probably they were playing for amusement. Bust it is said that quite a number of young men and some old ones keep the business running in that room day and night. And sometimes they have the door locked. It is confidently believed that gambling is indulged in there. This, right under Observer’s nose, who continues to shout in a ridiculous manner that card playing does not tend to excess. Of course cards and whiskey are harmless long as we let them alone. The trouble beings after we have learned to fool with them. The devil then generally manages to get good service out of both. Teach your boy in the parlor to love cards and after awhile the social hour may become too short for him. He will then seek some secluded place where under lock and key, in a room filled with fumes of tobacco and whiskey and vile oaths he will take the advancing degrees of crime."
120 YEARS AGO
Last week a man came to E.L. Carrell’s elevator and represented that he had 1,200 bushels of corn to sell, which he had raised on the Craig farm near Ortonville, claiming that he had rented 100 acres of ground again for this year, and Mr. Carrell made a bargain for the corn to be delivered Saturday, paying $20 down. Saturday he sent a man over to receive the corn but it did not come. Enquiry at the farm of the man was unknown, had no corn there and had never been seen there. Mr. Carrell would like to see him however.
100 YEARS AGO
From "Coon Forks" by R. D. Dodge: The Van Meter High School contingent with Harrold Van Meter at the oratorical contest at Guthrie Center came back with a suspicion that Harrold did not have a fair show. This world is full of mistakes. Even judges of oratorical contests may sometimes err."
35 YEARS AGO
Adel Fire Chief Bob Cadwell last week presented a trophy of appreciation to KayWesterbeck for his 52 years’ service on the department. Mayor B.G. Chamberlain also was on hand to honor Westerbeck, commenting: "The town needs more Kay Westerbecks."